HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON ACCOMMODATIONBy Natalie Sisson
I often get asked where I actually stay, considering I’m always on the move. These days it’s a combination of booking hotels for short stays, staying in AirBnB places for 5 days or longer or renting longer-term apartments from Craigslist-type services or from referrals from friends.
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Cheaper Hotel Rates with TravelPony
TravelPony offers a new way to search for hotel deals. Competitive pricing can be anything between 10%-70% below those of the major travel sites. There’s detailed information on each hotel and you can even see the saving that you’ll make by booking via TravelPony versus using another site.
The focus of the site so far is currently on the United States, with all the major cities covered. There is also a limited representation in Europe, covering a handful of cities (Barcelona, London, Madrid and Paris).
Online hotel discount booking especially good for hotels or guesthouses in Asia.
The largest booking site for hostels and B&Bs worldwide.
Hotwire can help you book hotels on the cheap. It has a Hidden Deal search but you won't know the name or exact location of the hotel until you book your room.
Actually owned by Priceline.com. It offers more small hotels than competing travel agencies. Booking.com is very clear about the rooms offered, including size in sq. feet or meters and included amenities and other costs
Provides comprehensive reviews on hotels around the world and true photos taken by Oyster's trained hotel experts who visit each hotel on Oyster. Acquired by TripAdvisor in 2013.
This site connects homeowners who rent out homes or apartments. You get the comfort of home and at a fraction of the cost of a hotel room.
Airbnb’s largest competitor with a strong focus on single rooms, B&Bs and small apartments.
Specializes in European listings.
Homestay offers a worldwide list of accommodations with a local family
HelpX is an online listing of host farms, farm- stays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs and backpacker’s hostels who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them in exchange for food and accommodation.
Lodging is the biggest expense on a day to day basis so it is always good to find ways on how to save on accommodation.
A hotel search engine that scans prices for the best rates, including AAA and senior rates, for a room that matches your preferences.
TIP ON HOTEL DEALS
Research room rates and hotel property reviews online, but as a final step, contact the hotel you've chosen to see if they have any better offers than the online price. Membership in a club or association might get you an added discount.